The Times West Virginian

February 12, 2013

Teverbaugh pantry is always ‘there to help’

Organizers thankful that donations of food come in when needed

By Jonathan Williams
Times West Virginian

WORTHINGTON — Officially it may be known as the Teverbaugh United Methodist Church Food Pantry, but congregants have another name for it: God’s Food Pantry.

The shelves may be empty and there may be no money to go out and buy any more, but they say someone always miraculously comes through with a donation that keeps them going. Thanks to all this support, they’re able to make a big difference for the people of Worthington and the surrounding communities.

“It’s really small, but so much food goes through there in a month,” said Francis Toothman, who started the food pantry six or seven years ago. She said they probably feed about 70 families a month.

“We used to have what we call an Octoberfest through our parish,” she said, collecting canned goods and donating them to other pantries. They realized, she said, how many people were in need all around and decided to move from being a middle-man to directly helping their communities.

“It just started growing,” Toothman said.

Today, they see clients from Worthington, Haywood, Shinnston, Mannington, Four States, Joetown, Carolina and other communities.

Betty Garrett, director of the food pantry, said it is entirely run on donations.

“We don’t do income and all that,” she said. “If you’re in need, we give it to you.”

Every Wednesday from 10-11:30 a.m. they distribute food among needy families. Toothman said they also give away children’s clothing when they’re able.


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